Cover of Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

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“Layla” is a song by rock band Derek and the Dominos and the thirteenth track from their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, released in December 1970. It is considered one of rock music’s definitive love songs, featuring an unmistakable guitar figure, played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, and a piano coda that comprises the second half of the song. Its famously contrasting movements were composed separately by Clapton and Jim Gordon.

Inspired by Clapton’s then-unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison, “Layla” was unsuccessful on its initial release. The song has since experienced great critical and popular acclaim. It is often hailed as being among the greatest rock songs of all-time. Two versions have achieved chart success, first in 1972 and again twenty years later as an acoustic “Unplugged” performance. In 2004, it was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The song’s emotional and famous guitar soloing was ranked number 14 on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”.

In 1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd, a model he met during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night. During the late 1960s, Clapton and Harrison became firm friends. Clapton contributed guitar work on Harrison’s song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on The Beatles’ White Album but remained uncredited, and Harrison co-wrote and played guitar pseudonymously (as L’Angelo Misterioso) on Cream’s “Badge” from Goodbye.


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What'll you do when you get lonely
And nobody's waitin' by your side?
You've been runnin' an' hidin' much too long
You know it's just your foolish pride

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  • YoQueSe666

    Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs may have been Derek and the Dominos' only album, but this blues-rock classic is often considered Eric Clapton’s magnum opus. Here, you’ll find Slowhand revealing his unrequited love for George Harrison’s then-wife Pattie Boyd on the standout track “Layla. Proving the song had staying power, Clapton’s Unplugged solo version won a Grammy over two decades later. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 3:15pm Reply
  • AgitoSan

    More than music.

    18 Jun 12:09pm Reply
  • bonene59

    The original classic one - Love it - againagainagainagainagain ;-)

    14 Jun 11:53am Reply
  • RanTheMusicMan

    Thanks for the music and that night in Tulsa. I brought the shit that night at the hotel with Di

    22 May 9:15am Reply
  • GhostFame

    That fucking riff

    16 May 9:50pm Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Everybody seems to forget Drummer Jim Gordon's classic piano solo on The Coda. I don't. One of the great talents of the 70's, sessioned on many an album back then. Jim's later fate is a tragic tale best left for to tell another time/place, not here now.

    30 Apr 5:22pm Reply
  • vinman76

    Classic !

    15 Apr 7:16pm Reply
  • pikininah

    Layla! <3

    14 Apr 4:09pm Reply
  • gotgore101

    I love the original song here, it rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 Apr 12:33am Reply
  • gombost

    I like Eric and both parts of the song. Cheers!

    29 Mar 10:17pm Reply
  • Ksimi

    All my loving goes to coda and not to overproduced beginning

    21 Mar 2:31pm Reply
  • biker998


    9 Mar 9:47pm Reply
  • pikininah

    So perfect! <3

    8 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • mustachedmystic

    Hate Eric? the man's a friggin Rock God!

    4 Mar 12:29am Reply
  • mustachedmystic

    The instrumental at the end is bloody brilliant!

    4 Mar 12:27am Reply
  • wildroses07

    I hate Eric, I hate the story behind this song... but this riff is fucking brilliant and I can't help it.

    26 Feb 7:24pm Reply
  • garry2405

    so phantastic! so wonderful!

    5 Feb 3:10pm Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    *♥.•*¨*•♫♪ *♥♥♥* ♫♪•*¨*•.♥*

    25 Jan 8:23pm Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Monstruoso Riff

    21 Jan 4:44am Reply
  • vinman07

    Patti Harrison must had one tight ,sweet tasting*ussy for the Slow Hand to wright this song!

    16 Jan 9:04pm Reply
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